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Should Sinusutis Be Treated With Antibioics
No: You should be fine. Antibiotics should only be used if you have a demonstrable problem! ...Read more
Sometimes: There is some evidence that treatment of early appendicitis without a fecolith can be treated with antibiotics alone. However, failure of treatment could result in higher risks of infection and complications. In my mind, its an organ you don't need and the surgery is relatively simple to prevent serious complications, so surgery is still the answer. ...Read more
Yes it can: Yes it can and is treated with appropriate antibiotics. ...Read more
Antibiotics are "constructed" at the molecular level to interfere with specific aspects of bacterial cell replication. Different antibiotics interfere in different ways, which is why all antibiotics aren't effective against all types of bacteria.
Viruses aren't cells; they are small particles of nucleic acid covered with a protein coat. They replicate by invading the body's cells. ...Read more
Probably not: "colds" are viral in nature and therefore do not respond to antibiotics. If you had other conditions (like copd, immune deficiencies, etc) your physician may consider antibiotics. ...Read more
Yes no: First thing you do is to drink plenty of fluids. It may help your symptoms of uti. You need to see a doctor to make sure that you do have UTI by having a urine culture done, if the urine culture is positive then you must take antebiotics however in many cases there are symptoms of UTI but the culture is negative then you don't have to take any antibiotics. ...Read more
Similar: Mycoplasma hominis and Ureaplasm urealyticum are both small bacteria called Mycoplasma and are common urogenital pathogens, frequently passed through sexual contact. The treatment is the same, treated with Azithromycin or erythromycin. Doxycycline is another option. Flouroquinolones such as Levaquin (levofloxacin) are secondary options. ...Read more
Is it possible to get brucellosis sypmtoms months after you have been treated with antibiotics for it?
Yes: Brucella is a very indolent organism; if the course of antibiotics was insufficient to eradicate it, it may come back months later. ...Read more
I know that with SIBO it can be treated with antibiotics, but I was wondering what other approaches are there.
Dietary changes and: Probiotics - but if sxs truly attributable to SIBO, course of Abx would be best - then maintenance. Also, controlling any other disease processes to the extent possible. ...Read more
I've had this awful cold. 3 weeks & it's just worsening. Nothing seems to help. I'm being treated with 3 antibiotics. It's not working at all.?
FollowUp With MD: We can not help you. You say you have a cold and you have been prescribed three Antibiotiics. Most colds are caused by viruses and we do not prescribe antibiotics for cold. And you say you were prescribed three Antibiotics at the same time. It does not make any sense. I suggest you follow up with your doctor and ask him/her what is wrong with you and what further treatment if any you need ...Read more
Use antibiotics: I am sure that every UTI throughout history was not treated with antibiotics and somehow we survive. The risk of not treating is substantial as kidneys can be damaged permanently or infection can spread to the blood making us critically ill. Cranberry juice and increased fluids may help but get on antibiotics when you really need them, like with a uti. ...Read more
MRSA: Even if you have been treated you are probably still carrying this on your skin and mucous membranes. Depends on your definition of "contagious". This organism is generally transferred person to person by direct hand contact, and then the other person may only become a carrier. Infection requires a break in the skin or soft tissues or introduction into an immune suppressed person. ...Read more
This means your child had a previous strep infection and had an immune respone which is a good thing. The elevation does tell us when the infection was active. So rely on what symptoms your child has and ask advice of your doctor. If your child is sick and has a positive throat culture, yes antibiotics
are needed. ...Read more
Yes: Chlamydia treatment will not be affected by masturbation. Studies have shown that men, in fact, have health benefits from regular ejaculation (and sex). Make sure to stay well hydrated while on antibiotics and stay out of the sun or use sunscreen if you are using a medication like doxycycline. ...Read more
Huh?: Why would you want to? If you're on antibiotics, obviously you know you have an infection, why risk making it worse by smoking? ...Read more
Psychiatric basis: Having seen several cases of this syndrome, the mayo clinic has recently published a case series regarding morgellon's, concluding that an infectious cause is not there. In many cases, patients with this condition are very, very resistant to even consider a psychiatric cause for this awful affliction of perceiving worms are coming out of the pores of their skin. ...Read more
See a dermatologist: Is it your leg? It is very common that other conditions are mistaken as cellulitis. Then the antibiotic is no help. Stasis dermatitis and erythromelalgia are 2 examples of conditions presenting as red- swollen skin but are not infections. Also there may be an underlying problem such as lymphedema which leads to cellulitis. Then it is useful to address the underlying condition to prevent another ce. ...Read more
How long should it take for a dry socket to heal if you have the socket treated with the antibiotic pad applied?
10 days: You need to have socket paste placed by your dentist to heal faster and properly, while he monitors it. ...Read more
Appendicitis treated with antibiotics. If it recurs, is symptom progression likely to be the same as first bout?
How can I distinguish between a serious skin condition and something that can be treated with an antibiotic salve?
Skin related: Conditions are pretty tricky and difficult to self diagnose. I recommend you either see your internist at the minimum or a dermatologist. Good luck. Dr. B. ...Read more
My daughter has impetigo which has shown no improvement over past 1.5 months of antibiotics. How else can this be treated?
If you have a small cut and it gets infected, can it be treated with antibiotic cream? Will it usually streak if it spreads.
Sometimes: There are different degrees of infection. If the wound shows a little redness at the periphery you should be able to treat it with a topical antibiotic. However, with more redness, swelling, pain or warmth you should see a doctor. Streaking of the redness away from the wound would be a sign of a more significant infection that would also need medical attention. ...Read more
Can I treat myself for a UTI with antibiotics if I knwo the procedures from someone who has been treated with the same already?
No: You should not and cannot prescribe antibiotics to yourself. A physician has to do this. Also, the doctor has to actually diagnose you with a urinary tract infection. Different antibiotics kill different kinds of bacteria. So a physician will be able to help determine what kind of antibiotic is appropriate. ...Read more
Can MRSA spread from one spot on your body to another while being treated with antibiotics? Can you cross contaminate yourself?
MRSA Can spread: Yes. Especially if the antibiotics are not sensitive to the MRSA infection. If you are getting worse on antibiotics this is an emergency. People die from mrsa. You need to show or tell your medical provider if you are worsening. ...Read more
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